MATHEMATICS

MATHEMATICS

*Mathematics as an expression of the human mind reflects the active will, the contemplative reason, and the desire for aesthetic perfection. Its basic elements are logic and intuition, analysis and construction, generality and individuality.*

Richard Courant

Wyncote offers a full complement of secondary math courses that one would find at most middle schools and comprehensive high schools. Course offerings include: Middle School Math, Pre-Algebra, Practical Mathematics, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus.

Students interested in taking higher level mathematics courses not offered at Wyncote may take courses at selected local colleges (with prior approval from Wyncote's math department and administration).

Syllabus: Algebra 1 (Mr. Doug)

Teacher: Mr. Doug Godfrey

Email: dgodfrey@wyncoteacademy.org

**Introduction**

Algebra I is taken by High School students and is the first and most vital mathematics course in the students’ high school career. The students learn the fundamentals and basic building blocks which are requisite skills for most higher level mathematics.

While each student is unique and and finds his or her own route to success, there are common qualities and practices of successful students. These skills will be explicitly taught and and reinforced.

Students who excel in mathematics (as with any subject) will find success as they devote their attention and practice to master each topic covered in class. Students who are inquisitive and actively participate in learning are most likely to be successful.

**Materials**

Each student should come to class each day with the following items:

- A five subject notebook dedicated to this course
- Pencils with erasers (Work done in ink will not be accepted.)
- A folder dedicated to this course

**Text Book**

*Basic Algebra*, Richard G. Brown, Geraldine D. Smith, Mary P. Dolciani 1993. Print.

**Topics**

- Working With Variables
- Solving Equations
- Positive and Negative Numbers
- Formulas
- Working with Polynomials
- Factoring
- Graphs
- Equations with Two Variables
- Working with Fractions

**Assessment**

The students’ assignments, assessments, and grades will be recorded on www.gradelink.com. Students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to check this site on a regular basis..

Weighting:

Assignments - The students will be assigned classwork (which will be homework if not completed during class) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Each assignment will vary in length (8-15 problems per assignment). Each assignment is weighted per the number of problems assigned. Assignments are evaluated based upon the application of objectives learned in class.

Quizzes - The students’ progress will be assessed on a weekly basis. Throughout a given unit of study, quizzes will be administered to evaluate the students’ knowledge and ability to apply concepts covered to date. Each quiz is worth 100 points.

Tests - At the end of each unit, a test will be administered to evaluate the students’ mastery of the concepts learned during a three to five-week period. Each test is worth 200 points.

*Please note: The students are given the opportunity to make quiz and test corrections after each assessment has been graded and returned. Corrections must be done on loose leaf, and each problem must be done in its entirety. If done correctly, half credit will be given and added to the previous grade. Students are encouraged to seek assistance prior to attempting corrections. If done well, corrections can have a significant positive impact on a student’s Quarter grade.

Midterm Exam – At the end of the first semester, a cumulative Midterm Exam will be administered. Prior to the Exam, a comprehensive review will be given a week in advance of the assessment. The Midterm Exam is worth 400 points.

Final Exam - At the end of the school year, a cumulative Final Exam will be administered. Prior to the Exam, a comprehensive review will be given in the weeks leading to the assessment. The Final Exam is worth 400 points.

**Daily Procedures **

During a typical five-day school week, the students should expect the following:

- On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, new lessons will be taught.
- On Thursday, we will review for an assessment.
- On Friday, an assessment will be administered.

In case of a shortened school week, students will be informed of an abridged schedule (in advance, when possible).

Students are expected to arrive promptly to class (within 3 minutes of the bell ringing to end the preceding class). Students who continue to arrive late without the permission of an adult will have an email sent home notifying the parent of the students' tardiness to class.

Students are expected to arrive to class prepared with the materials outlined above. Upon being seated, the students should put their materials on their desk. If homework was assigned from the previous day, the students should have the homework ready to be presented to the teacher.

While the teacher is checking homework from the previous night, warm-up problems may be assigned. Students are expected to complete these problems.

Students will volunteer or be called to the board to present a problem assigned from the previous day.

Students are expected to make corrections to their homework assignments after the teacher has reviewed the problems presented on the board.

Prior to starting a new lesson, the students should record the date in their notebooks. The teacher will post the date on the board.

Students are expected to neatly and accurately record all notes and examples presented during a lesson.

Students are expected to complete class work assigned after the lesson.

Time permitting, students may be given the opportunity to begin their home assignment. If so, all the students are expected to proceed quietly.

If a student is absent, it is his or her responsibility to ask for notes and assignments missed during the absence. In the case of prolonged absences, parents/guardians are expected to contact the teacher for missing notes and assignments.

If a student is absent for an assessment, the assessment will be administered upon the student’s return.

**Classroom Rules**

All students are expected to observe and conduct themselves in accordance with rules outlined in the Wyncote Academy Handbook.

Students...

- must always show respect for each other and the teacher .
- may not interfere with the learning of others.
- must not use profanity or obscenities.
- may not take or touch other people’s property without permission from that person.
- must respect the physical environment of the classroom.

Eating and drinking are not permitted in class.

Students will abide by the Electronics Policy outlined in the Student Handbook.

Only one student may leave the classroom (with the teacher’s permission and with a hall pass) at a time (restroom, office, etc.) unless escorted by an adult.

Students must remain seated until given permission by the teacher.

Students may not pack their belongings until given permission by the teacher.

If students repeatedly choose to violate these rules, their parents/guardians will be notified by phone. If the behaviors continue to persist, further disciplinary action will be taken.

**Conclusion**

To ensure the success of each student, I would like to stress the importance of parental involvement. Communication between the parents/guardians and the teacher is critical. I urge parents to check Gradelink frequently. Assignments will be posted on Gradelin the day that they are assigned. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call.

I look forward to a fun and productive school year.

Thank you,

Mr. Douglas Godfrey

Math Teacher

Wyncote Academy

Syllabus: Algebra 1 (Mr. Josh)

Teacher: Mr. Josh Bornstein

Email: josh.bornstein@wyncoteacademy.org

INTRODUCTION

Algebra I is a course taken by 9th and 10th grade students. It is the first and most vital mathematics course in the students’ high school career. The students will learn the fundamental building blocks required to proceed to higher order mathematics. While each student takes an individual route to success, there are common qualities and practices of successful students. Students who excel in mathematics devote a portion of each day to process, practice, and master each topic discussed in class. They actively participate in their learning and they are inquisitive. Foremost, they respect the self-discipline and work ethic required to succeed in the Arts and Sciences.

MATERIALS

Each student should come to class prepared daily with the following:

● A five subject notebook dedicated to this course

● Pencils with erasers (Work done in ink will not be accepted)

● A scientific or graphing calculator (Graphing calculators are suggested for the college preparatory courses: Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus)

● A folder dedicated to this course

● Ruler

● A compass and protractor are required for Geometry

TEXT BOOK

Larson, Ron, Larson Algebra I. Florida: Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, 2011. Print.

TOPICS

The main objectives covered by this course are:

● Evaluating Algebraic Expressions

● Properties and Operations with Real Numbers

● Solving Equations and Inequalities

● Linear Equations

● Systems of Equations and Inequalities

● Exponents and Roots

● Polynomials

● Ratios and Percents

● Statistics

GRADING

The students’ assignments, assessments, and grades will be recorded on www.gradelink.com. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to check this site daily.

Weighting:

Assignments - The students will be assigned homework on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Each assignment will vary in length (8 - 15 problems per assignment). Each assignment is weighted per the number of problems assigned. Assignments are evaluated based upon the application of objectives learned in class.

Quizzes - The students’ progress will be assessed on a weekly basis. Throughout a given Unit, quizzes will be administered to evaluate the students’ knowledge and ability to apply concepts covered to a given point in a Unit. Each quiz is worth 100 points.

Tests - At the end of each Unit, a test will be administered to evaluate the students’ mastery of the concepts learned during a three to five-week period. Each test is worth 200 points.

*Please note: The students are afforded the opportunity to make quiz and test corrections after each assessment has been graded and returned. Corrections must be done on loose leaf, and each problem must be done in its entirety. If done correctly, half credit will be given and added to the previous grade. Students are encouraged to seek assistance prior to attempting corrections. If done well, corrections can have a significant positive impact on a student’s Quarter grade.

Midterm Exam – At the end of the first semester, a cumulative Midterm Exam will be administered. Prior to the Exam, a comprehensive review will be given a week in advance of the assessment. The Midterm Exam is worth 400 points.

Final Exam - At the end of the school year, a cumulative Final Exam will be administered. Prior to the Exam, a comprehensive review will be given in the weeks leading to the assessment. The Final Exam is worth 400 points.

DAILY PROCEDURES

During a typical five-day school week, the students should expect the following:

● On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, new lessons will be taught.

● On Thursday, we will review for an assessment.

● On Friday, an assessment will be administered.

● In case of a shortened school week, the students will be informed of an abridged schedule (generally, in advance, when possible).

● The students are expected to arrive promptly to class (within 5 minutes of the bell ringing to end the preceding class). Students who arrive late without the permission of an adult will serve a lunch detention. Students who miss 15 minutes (or more) of class without the permission of an adult will be marked as an unexcused absence and will not receive credit for the day’s class.

● The students are expected to arrive to class prepared with the materials outlined above. Upon being seated, the students should put their materials on their desk. If homework was assigned from the previous day, the students should have the homework ready to be presented to the teacher.

● While the teacher is checking homework from the previous night, warm-up problems may be assigned. The students are expected to complete these problems.

● Students will volunteer or be called to the board to present a problem assigned from the previous day.

● Students are expected to make corrections to their homework assignments after the teacher has reviewed the problems presented on the board.

● Prior to starting a new lesson, the students should record the date in their notebooks. The teacher will post the date on the board.

● Students are expected to neatly and accurately record all notes and examples presented during a lesson.

● Students are expected to complete class work assigned after the lesson.

● Time permitting, the students may be given the opportunity to begin their home assignment. If so, all the students are expected to proceed quietly.

● If a student is absent, it is the student’s responsibility to ask for notes and assignments missed during the absence. In case of prolonged absences, parents/guardians are expected to contact the teacher for missing notes and assignments.

● If a student is absent for an assessment, the assessment will be administered upon the student’s return.

CLASSROOM RULES

All students are expected to observe and conduct themselves in accordance with rules outlined in the Wyncote Academy Handbook.

In addition, my behavioral expectations are:

● Students will always show respect for each other and the teacher .

● Students may not interfere with the learning of others.

● Students will not use profanity or obscenities.

● Students may not take or touch other people’s property without permission from that person.

● Students will respect the physical environment of the classroom.

● Eating and drinking are not permitted in class.

● Students will abide by the Electronics Policy outlined in the Student Handbook.

● Only one student may leave the classroom (with the teacher’s permission) at a time (restroom, office, etc.) unless escorted by an adult.

● Students must remain sitting until given permission by the teacher.

● Students may not pack their belongings until given permission by the teacher.

Students who repeatedly choose to violate these rules will be told to leave the classroom and sent to the main office. Parents/Guardians will be updated by email or phone of a student’s misbehavior within 24 hours of the infraction.

CONCLUSION

To ensure success of each student, I would like to stress the importance of parental involvement. Communication between the parents/guardians and the teacher is important to make the connection between school and home. I urge you to check Gradelink frequently. Assignments will be posted the day that they are assigned. Other than holidays and weekends, homework is assigned every night. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call me.

I am looking forward to a fun and productive school year.

Thank you,

Mr. Joshua A. Bornstein

Dean of Students

Upper School Math Teacher

Wyncote Academy

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Syllabus: Algebra 2

Teacher: Mr. Josh Bornstein

Email: josh.bornstein@wyncoteacademy.org

INTRODUCTION

Algebra II is a college preparatory course taken by 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Successfully completed courses in Algebra I and Geometry are prerequisites. The pace of the course and the depth of the material will be accelerated compared to previous courses. While each student takes an individual route to success, there are common qualities and practices of successful students. Students who excel in mathematics devote a portion of each day to process, practice, and master each topic discussed in class. They actively participate in their learning and they are inquisitive. Foremost, they respect the self-discipline and work ethic required to succeed in the Arts and Sciences.

MATERIALS

Each student should come to class prepared on a daily basis with the following:

● A five subject notebook dedicated to this course

● Pencils with erasers (Work done in ink will not be accepted)

● A scientific or graphing calculator (Graphing calculators are suggested for the college preparatory courses: Algebra II, Precalculus, Calculus)

● A folder dedicate to this course

● Ruler

● A compass and protractor are required for Geometry

TEXTBOOK

Larson, Ron, et al., Algebra II. Illinois: McDougal Little Inc., 2001. Print.

TOPICS

The main objectives covered by this course are:

● Properties and Operations with Real Numbers

● Polynomials

● Rational Expressions

● Solving First Degree Equations and Inequalities

● Radicals and Complex Numbers

● Quadratic Equations

● Exponents and Logarithms

● Higher Degree Polynomials

● Systems of Equations and Matrices

GRADING

The students assignments, assessments, and grades will be recorded on www.gradelink.com. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to check this site on a daily basis. Described below is the weighting system.

Assignments - The students will be assigned homework on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Each assignment will vary in length (8 - 15 problems per assignment). Each assignment is weighted per the number of problems assigned. Assignments are evaluated based upon the application of objectives learned in class.

Quizzes - The students’ progress will be assessed on a weekly basis. Throughout a given Unit, quizzes will be administered to evaluate the students’ knowledge and ability to apply concepts covered to a given point in a Unit. Each quiz is worth 100 points.

Tests - At the end of each Unit, a test will be administered to evaluate the students’ mastery of the concepts learned during a three to five week period. Each test is worth 200 points.

*Please note: The students are afforded the opportunity to make quiz and test corrections after each assessment has been graded and returned. Corrections must be done on loose leaf, and each problem must be done in its entirety. If done correctly, half credit will be given and added to the previous grade. Students are encouraged to seek assistance prior to attempting corrections. If done well, corrections can have a significant positive impact on a student’s Quarter grade.

Midterm Exam – At the end of the first semester, a cumulative Midterm Exam will be administered. Prior to the Exam, a comprehensive review will be given a week in advance of the assessment. The Midterm Exam is worth 400 points.

Final Exam - At the end of the school year, a cumulative Final Exam will be administered. Prior to the Exam, a comprehensive review will be given in the weeks leading to the assessment. The Final Exam is worth 400 points.

DAILY PROCEDURES

During a typical five day school week, the students should expect the following:

● On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, new lessons will be taught.

● On Thursday, we will review for an assessment.

● On Friday, an assessment will be administered.

● In case of a shortened school week, the students will be informed of an abridged schedule (generally, in advance, when possible).

● The students are expected to arrive promptly to class (within 5 minutes of the bell ringing to end the preceding class). Students who arrive late without the permission of an adult will serve a lunch detention. Students who miss 15 minutes (or more) of class without the permission of an adult will be marked as an unexcused absence and will not receive credit for the day’s class.

● The students are expected to arrive to class prepared with the materials outlined above. Upon being seated, the students should put their materials on their desk. If homework was assigned from the previous day, the students should have the homework ready to be presented to the teacher.

● While the teacher is checking homework from the previous night, warm-up problems may be assigned. The students are expected to complete these problems.

● Students will volunteer or be called to the board to present a problem assigned from the previous day.

● Students are expected to make corrections to their homework assignments after the teacher has reviewed the problems presented on the board.

● Prior to starting a new lesson, the students should record the date in their notebooks. The teacher will post the date on the board.

● Students are expected to neatly and accurately record all notes and examples presented during a lesson.

● Students are expected to complete class work assigned after the lesson.

● Time permitting, the students may be given the opportunity to begin their home assignment. If so, all of the students are expected to proceed quietly.

● If a student is absent, it is the student’s responsibility to ask for notes and assignments missed during the absence. In case of prolonged absences, parents/guardians are expected to contact the teacher for missing notes and assignments.

● If a student is absent for an assessment, the assessment will be administered upon the student’s return.

CLASSROOM RULES

All students are expected to observe and conduct themselves in accordance with rules outlined in the Wyncote Academy Handbook.

In addition, my behavioral expectations are:

● Students will show respect for each other and the teacher at all times.

● Students may not interfere with the learning of others.

● Students will not use profanity or obscenities.

● Students may not take or touch other people’s property without permission from that person.

● Students will respect the physical environment of the classroom.

● Eating and drinking are not permitted in class.

● Students may not enter the room with MP3 players and/or headphones. If seen, the teacher will confiscate the contraband.

● Only one student may leave the classroom (with the teacher’s permission) at a time (restroom, office, etc.) unless escorted by an adult.

● Students may not sleep nor rest their head on their desk or the walls.

● Students must remain sitting until given permission by the teacher.

● Students may not pack their belongings until given permission by the teacher.

Students who repeatedly choose to violate these rules will be told to leave the classroom and sent to the main office. Parents/Guardians will be updated by email or phone of a student’s misbehavior within 24 hours of the infraction.

CONCLUSION

To ensure success of each student, I would like to stress the importance of parental involvement. Communication between the parents/guardians and the teacher is important to make the connection between school and home. I urge you to check Gradelink frequently. Assignments will be posted the day that they are assigned. Other than holidays and weekends, homework is assigned every night. The students will not have enough time during the school day to complete the assignments. So, the students should be bringing home their materials on a daily basis. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me.

I am looking forward to a fun and productive school year.

Thank you,

Mr. Joshua A. Bornstein

Upper School Math Teacher and Disciplinarian, Wyncote Academy

Syllabus: Geometry

Teacher: Mr. Josh Bornstein

Email: josh.bornstein@wyncoteacademy.org

INTRODUCTION

Geometry is a course generally taken by 10th and 11th grade students. A successfully completed course in Algebra I is a prerequisite. The students will be learning concepts in Euclidean and Analytic Geometry. Problem solving will involve algebraic methods and techniques. While each student takes an individual route to success, there are common qualities and practices of successful students. Students who excel in mathematics devote a portion of each day to process, practice, and master each topic discussed in class. They actively participate in their learning and they are inquisitive. Foremost, they respect the self-discipline and work ethic required to succeed in the Arts and Sciences.

MATERIALS

Each student should come to class prepared on a daily basis with the following:

● A five subject notebook dedicated to this course

● Pencils with erasers (Work done in ink will not be accepted)

● A scientific or graphing calculator (Graphing calculators are suggested for the college preparatory courses: Algebra II, Pre-calculus, Calculus)

● A folder dedicate to this course

● Ruler

● A compass and protractor are required for Geometry

TEXTBOOK

Larson, Ron, et al., Geometry. Illinois: McDougal Littell, 2007. Print.

TOPICS

The main objectives covered by this course are:

● Points, Lines, and Planes

● Reasoning and Proofs

● Parallel and Perpendicular Lines

● Congruence and Similarity

● Triangles

● Quadrilaterals

● Circles

● Perimeter, Circumference, and Area

● Surface Area and Volume

GRADING

The students’ assignments, assessments, and grades will be recorded on www.gradelink.com. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to check this site on a daily basis. Described below is the weighting system.

Assignments - The students will be assigned homework on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Each assignment will vary in length (8 - 15 problems per assignment). Each assignment is weighted per the number of problems assigned. Assignments are evaluated based upon the application of objectives learned in class.

Quizzes - The students’ progress will be assessed on a weekly basis. Throughout a given Unit, quizzes will be administered to evaluate the students’ knowledge and ability to apply concepts covered to a given point in a Unit. Each quiz is worth 100 points.

Tests - At the end of each Unit, a test will be administered to evaluate the students’ mastery of the concepts learned during a three to five week period. Each test is worth 200 points.

*Please note: The students are afforded the opportunity to make quiz and test corrections after each assessment has been graded and returned. Corrections must be done on loose leaf, and each problem must be done in its entirety. If done correctly, half credit will be given and added to the previous grade. Students are encouraged to seek assistance prior to attempting corrections. If done well, corrections can have a significant positive impact on a student’s Quarter grade.

DAILY PROCEDURES

During a typical five day school week, the students should expect the following:

● On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, new lessons will be taught.

● On Thursday, we will review for an assessment.

● On Friday, an assessment will be administered.

● Please note: This schedule will be amended if this course coincides with a student’s gym period.

● In case of a shortened school week, the students will be informed of an abridged schedule (generally, in advance, when possible).

● The students are expected to arrive promptly to class (within 5 minutes of the bell ringing to end the preceding class). Students who arrive late without the permission of an adult will serve a lunch detention. Students who miss 15 minutes (or more) of class without the permission of an adult will be marked as an unexcused absence and will not receive credit for the day’s class.

● The students are expected to arrive to class prepared with the materials outlined above. Upon being seated, the students should put their materials on their desk. If homework was assigned from the previous day, the students should have the homework ready to be presented to the teacher.

● While the teacher is checking homework from the previous night, warm-up problems may be assigned. The students are expected to complete these problems.

● Students will volunteer or be called to the board to present a problem assigned from the previous day.

● Students are expected to make corrections to their homework assignments after the teacher has reviewed the problems presented on the board.

● Prior to starting a new lesson, the students should record the date in their notebooks. The teacher will post the date on the board.

● Students are expected to neatly and accurately record all notes and examples presented during a lesson.

● Students are expected to complete class work assigned after the lesson.

● Time permitting, the students may be given the opportunity to begin their home assignment. If so, all of the students are expected to proceed quietly.

● If a student is absent, it is the student’s responsibility to ask for notes and assignments missed during the absence. In case of prolonged absences, parents/guardians are expected to contact the teacher for missing notes and assignments.

● If a student is absent for an assessment, the assessment will be administered upon the student’s return.

CLASSROOM RULES

In addition, my behavioral expectations are:

● Students will show respect for each other and the teacher at all times.

● Students may not interfere with the learning of others.

● Students will not use profanity or obscenities.

● Students may not take or touch other people’s property without permission from that person.

● Students will respect the physical environment of the classroom.

● Eating and drinking are not permitted in class.

● Students will abide by the Electronics Policy outlined in the Student Handbook at all times.

● Only one student may leave the classroom (with the teacher’s permission) at a time (restroom, office, etc.) unless escorted by an adult.

● Students may not sleep nor rest their head on their desk or the walls.

● Students must remain sitting until given permission by the teacher.

● Students may not pack their belongings until given permission by the teacher.

Students who repeatedly choose to violate these rules will be told to leave the classroom and sent to the main office. Parents/Guardians will be updated by email or phone of a student’s misbehavior within 24 hours of the infraction.

CONCLUSION

To ensure success of each student, I would like to stress the importance of parental involvement. Communication between the parents/guardians and the teacher is important to make the connection between school and home. I urge you to check Gradelink frequently. Assignments will be posted the day that they are assigned. Other than holidays and weekends, homework is assigned every night. The students will not have enough time during the school day to complete the assignments. So, the students should be bringing home their materials on a daily basis. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me.

I am looking forward to a fun and productive school year.

Thank you,

Mr. Joshua A. Bornstein

Upper School Math Teacher and Disciplinarian

Wyncote Academy

Syllabus: Precalculus

Teacher: Mr. Josh Bornstein

Email: josh.bornstein@wyncoteacademy.org

INTRODUCTION

Precalculus is a college preparatory course taken by 11th and 12th grade students. Successfully completed courses in Algebra II and Geometry are prerequisites. Pre-Calculus is comprised of two units: College Algebra and Trigonometry. While each student takes an individual route to success, there are common qualities and practices of successful students. Students who excel in mathematics devote a portion of each day to process, practice, and master each topic discussed in class. They actively participate in their learning and they are inquisitive. Foremost, they respect the self-discipline and work ethic required to succeed in the Arts and Sciences.

MATERIALS

Each student should come to class prepared on a daily basis with the following:

● A five subject notebook dedicated to this course

● Pencils with erasers (Work done in ink will not be accepted)

● A scientific or graphing calculator (Graphing calculators are suggested for the college preparatory courses: Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus)

● A folder dedicate to this course

● Ruler

● A compass and protractor are required for Geometry

TEXTBOOK

Larson, Ronald E., et al., Precalculus. Massachusetts: D.C. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007. Print.

TOPICS

The main objectives covered by this course are:

● Fundamental Concepts of Algebra

● Equations and Inequalities

● Functions and Graphs

● Polynomial and Rational Functions

● Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

● Matrices and Linear Systems

● Trigonometric Functions and the Unit Circle

● Trigonometric Functions and Right Triangles

● Inverse Trigonometric Functions

● Graphs of the Trigonometric Functions

● Applications of the Fundamental Identities

● Solving Trigonometric Equations

● Sum and Difference Formulas

● Laws of Sines and Cosines

● Vectors in the Plane

GRADING

The students’ assignments, assessments, and grades will be recorded on www.gradelink.com. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to check this site on a daily basis. Described below is the weighting system.

Assignments - The students will be assigned homework on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Each assignment will vary in length (8 - 15 problems per assignment). Each assignment is weighted per the number of problems assigned.

Tests - At the end of each sub-unit, a test will be administered to evaluate the students’ mastery of the concepts learned during a three to five week period. Each test is worth 200 points.

*Please note: The students are afforded the opportunity to make quiz and test corrections after each assessment has been graded and returned. Corrections must be done on loose leaf, and each problem must be done in its entirety. If done correctly, half credit.

Midterm Exam – At the end of the first semester, a cumulative Advanced Algebra Midterm Exam will be administered. The Midterm Exam is worth 400 points.

Final Exam - At the end of the school year, a cumulative Trigonometry Final Exam will be administered. Prior to the Exam, a comprehensive review will be given in the weeks leading to the assessment. The Final Exam is worth 400 points.

DAILY PROCEDURES

During a typical five day school week, the students should expect the following:

● On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, new lessons will be taught.

● On Thursday, we will review for an assessment.

● On Friday, an assessment will be administered.

● In case of a shortened school week, the students will be informed of an abridged schedule.

● Students are expected to complete class work assigned after the lesson.

● Time permitting, the students may be given the opportunity to begin their home assignment. If so, all of the students are expected to proceed quietly.

CLASSROOM RULES

In addition, my behavioral expectations are:

● Students will show respect for each other and the teacher at all times.

● Students may not interfere with the learning of others.

● Students will not use profanity or obscenities.

● Students may not take or touch other people’s property without permission from that person.

● Students will respect the physical environment of the classroom.

● Eating and drinking are not permitted in class.

● Students will abide by The Electronics Policy outlined in the Student Handbook at all times.

● Students may not sleep nor rest their head on their desk or the walls.

● Students must remain sitting until given permission by the teacher.

● Students may not pack their belongings until given permission by the teacher.

CONCLUSION

To ensure success of each student, I would like to stress the importance of parental involvement. Communication between the parents/guardians and the teacher is important to make the connection between school and home. I urge you to check Gradelink frequently. Assignments will be posted the day that they are assigned. Other than holidays and weekends, homework is assigned every night. The students will not have enough time during the school day to complete the assignments. So, the students should be bringing home their materials on a daily basis. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me.

I am looking forward to a fun and productive school year.

Thank you,

Mr. Joshua A. Bornstein

Upper School Math Teacher and Disciplinarian, Wyncote Academy